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Is Boutiques.com fashionable enough for the fashion crowd?

It still feels like a machine rather than a fashionable friend is recommending items, and the look of the site could be improved with more pretty pictures, but it gets the job done. 

I tried several different searches on Boutiques.com and competitor ShopStyle -- including stacked heels, Belle by Sigerson Morrison and a color search -- to find a black shoe with a stacked brown wooden heel, which failed. The results from the two sites were not that different. Maybe the ShopStyle results were a little more stylish at the top, and maybe Boutiques.com had a wider range of merchandise with some surprising offerings thrown into the mix. 
When I tried to register for an RFID conference last year, I was told press was not allowed.

Kudos to Natalie Massenet for negotiating a reputed $76 million for her stake in the company she built at a time when few believed anyone would ever buy a $6,000 pair of Balmain sequined skinny pants online.

From Compagnie Financiere Richemont's multibillion-dollar point of view, the purchase of the remaining 67 percent of the e-tailer it did not already own was a small deal, but it shows digital is important in the luxury world.

I bought my first iPhone last week and within days used it to make my inaugural foray into mobile commerce -- purchasing a pair of shoes from Urban Outfitters. I logged onto the retail site at home after dinner and, with the shoes in my shopping cart, all I had to do was enter a credit-card number. Consumers can skip that step, too, if they want the site to store the number. The shoes arrived within days.
Fashion brands may have been slow to discover e-commerce, but they aren't dragging their Louboutins when it comes to social networking.
We've been covering the big retail hacker story for a couple of years, and the twists and turns are like a movie plot.

I was surprised by the Justice Department news on Aug. 5 charging 11 people with stealing over 40 million payment card numbers. It turns out the same guys were behind a bunch of data thefts at nine different retailers, including the really big heist at TJX. And, in a Hitchcock-worthy twist, it turned out that the very guy who was helping the FBI solve the case was the alleged mastermind behind the plot. Eek. Oops, that never looks good.

But maybe the biggest surprise is how easy the systems were to break into. The "60 Minutes" special last year pretty much got it right.
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